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Are You Ready for NJ’s New Paid Sick Leave Law that Goes into Effect on October 29th?

Have you updated your sick leave or paid time off policy as required by New Jersey’s new MANDATORY paid sick leave law? This law goes into effect on October 29th and will apply to every business in New Jersey, regardless of size. The law requires, among other things, that you provide at least 40 hours of paid sick leave per year to all employees (even part-time employees). If you currently offer at least 40 hours of general, Paid Time Off (“PTO”) that includes sick leave, you may already be in partial compliance with the law. However, the law also sets strict requirements for the rate at which your employees accrue paid leave and technical rules regarding the carry-over and/or pay out of up to 40 hours of unused leave at the end of each benefit year. The carry-over and/or payout of unused sick time is now required regardless of whether paid sick time accrues or is granted outright at the beginning of the benefit year, though the State is still in the process of reviewing comments on its proposed regulations that could change this and other requirements. The State’s poster regarding the new law can be found here:
https://www.nj.gov/labor/forms_pdfs/mw565sickleaveposter.pdf.

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Jay S. Becker, Giordano Law Firm, Labor Employment Attorney
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Mr. Becker, Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Area, devotes his practice to labor relations and employment law and litigation on behalf of management. His experience includes conducting trials, hearings, arbitration and mediation sessions; responding to state and federal administrative agency charges; collective bargaining; drafting employment-related corporate documents such as restrictive covenants, employee handbooks, employment agreements, various stock and compensation plans, and separation/severance agreements. He counsels employers on all employee relations issues including...

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Jeri L. Abrams, Giordano Halleran,  Employment Documentation Lawyer, Workplace Litigation Attorney
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Jeri focuses primarily on employment law, with an emphasis on drafting and negotiating complex employment-related documentation, such as executive employment, consulting, restrictive covenant, commission, bonus, retention, change-in-control and severance agreements. Jeri counsels employers on a broad range of employment matters, including hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, family and medical leaves, disability leaves and accommodations, anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws, wage and hour compliance, and reductions in workforce. She works closely with management, in-house counsel, and human resources personnel in the development and implementation of employment policies and handbooks that comply with applicable law and are consistent with the employer's unique practices and organizational culture. Jeri also advises clients on the employment aspects of M&A deals and other corporate transactions.

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  • Fortune 300 Company: Represented client in 4 separate recent acquisitions; drafted and negotiated complex executive employment agreements between the client and the founder of the acquired businesses, each of whom were integral to the value of the business being purchased.
  • Publicly-held Pharmaceutical Company: Represented client during a major workforce reorganization, which included 2 plant closures, staff relocations and a series of 9 reductions in workforce; worked closely with the client's legal and human resources departments to ensure the orderly separation of more than 600 employees and to minimize associated legal risks and business disruption; provided advice related to federal and state WARN act issues, wage and hour laws, OWBPA requirements and severance arrangements; prepared and negotiated severance agreements.
  • Publicly-held REIT: Advised client on a wide-array of unique employment matters in the context of the "spin-off" of one of its divisions.
  • Private Equity Firm: Represented large private equity client in connection with a high risk and sensitive termination of the CEO of one of its portfolio companies.
  • Private Equity Firm: Represented private equity firm in the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements for the senior executives of a large portfolio company.
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Ari G. Burd, Giordano Law Firm, Labor Employment Attorney
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Mr. Burd practices in both the Labor and Employment Law Practice Area and the Health Care Practice Area. In the Labor and Employment Practice Area, Mr. Burd devotes his time to litigation and counseling employers with regard to traditional employment and labor related issues. Mr. Burd has extensive experience in both the state and federal courts in areas including retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, sexual harassment and race, age, gender and disability discrimination. Mr. Burd also has considerable experience in assisting negotiating and drafting employment related...

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